Novel coronavirus information

April 21, 2021

Get vaccinated, get paid and support science by joining a UW vaccine study (Message to students enrolled in Husky Coronavirus Testing)

This message is being sent to students enrolled in the Husky Coronavirus Testing program.

Dear Husky Coronavirus Testing Participant,

You have an opportunity to contribute to science and get compensated for doing so, all by participating in a clinical trial of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine called PreventCOVIDU.

We already know the Moderna vaccine is very effective in preventing serious cases of COVID-19, but we don’t yet know to what degree the vaccine prevents you from infecting others. That’s what a University of Washington research team is working to determine as part of the national PreventCOVIDU study.

Half of study participants will receive the vaccine at the start of the study, and half will receive it five months later. If you choose to get any COVID vaccine outside of the study, you can still be in the study and the data you provide is still valuable to this research.

You may be eligible to participate in the study if you meet the following requirements:

  • You will be in Seattle during the majority of summer of 2021 and can come to campus for regular testing
  • You are a generally healthy 18-26 year old UW student with an active UW NetID
  • You have never tested positive for COVID-19
  • You have not received any doses of a COVID-19 vaccine at the time you enroll in the study

Participation in the study includes receiving both the first and second doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, twice weekly COVID-19 testing through the Husky Coronavirus Testing program (HCT), clinic visits for blood draws, collecting daily nasal swabs and filling out short daily questionnaires in an app. Participants can receive approximately $900 for their time and effort if they complete over 90% of all study procedures.

To learn more about the study and register your interest, please visit the PreventCOVIDU website.


The Husky Coronavirus Testing Team

For more information, please call the study directly at (206) 530-8388 or email